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About GVSU 2021

Total Students

19,239 undergraduate students

3,027 graduate students

67 different countries represented

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Degrees Offered

97 undergraduate degrees

46 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,760 faculty members

2,050 support staff members

93% of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree

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90% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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Students participate in research with faculty

600+ Students present research projects at Student Scholars Day on average each year.

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90% of students received at least one type of financial aid – a total of more than $280 million, with more than $90 million in the form of scholarships and grant assistance.

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Study Abroad Programs

752 students studied abroad in the 2018-2019 academic year

6th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the IIE

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Student Organizations

42 service and advocacy organizations

30 fraternities and sororities

18 intramural sports

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50 states called home by alumni

12 areas worldwide host alumni clubs

99,969 alumni in Michigan

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Beds On Campus

87% of first-year students live on campus

11 dining locations

5 styles of living centers to choose from

10 theme-specific living-learning centers in Grand Rapids and Allendale

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NCAA Division II

20 varsity sports (11 women's, 9 men's)

50 club sports

26 NCAA Division II National Championships

18 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup

Titles Held at Library

400,000+ physical resources

1,000,000+ e-book titles

120,000+ e-journal titles

4 libraries

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Undergraduate Level1 Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
Lower Division
(0–54 credits earned)
  • $13,560 (per year)
  • $6,780 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $570 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $19,296 (per year) 
  • $9,648 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $811 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Upper Division2
(55+ credits earned)
  • $14,240 (per year)
  • $7,120 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $598 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $19,960 (per year)
  • $9,980 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $838 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Integrative Studies Adult Degree Completion Online Program (a.k.a. LEADS)3
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Graduate Level4
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Tuition and Fees will be charged at the same rate whether instruction is delivered in-person, online, or through hybrid platforms.

A per credit hour or per course surcharge will be assessed for certain classes to offset higher costs.

  1. Students classified as undergraduates registering for masters and doctorate courses pay undergraduate tuition rates.
  2. Students are classified as upper division upon earning their 55th semester credit.
  3. Rate previously set per Board of Trustees Bylaws, Article 2, Section 2.105. Students do not have separate rates based on residency. Program is also referred to as LEADS Online Accelerated Bachelor's Degree for Adult Students.
  4. Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken.

Academic Calendar

Two 16 week semesters*
Fall 2021 semester: August 27, 2021–December 18, 2021
Winter 2022 semester: January 10, 2022–April 30, 2022

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2022 session: May 9, 2022–June 20, 2022
Summer 2022 session: June 27, 2022–August 10, 2022
Spring/Summer 2022 session: May 9, 2022–August 10, 2022

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* Some programs have multiple start dates within a semester. Please check with your program for a schedule.

Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 25th year in a row.

  • $280 million in financial aid awarded
  • $90 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
  • 7,392 students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
  • 33,250+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
  • 1,200 employers participated in events and on-campus interviews
  • Middle 50% of Fall 2021 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.3–3.9, ACT scores of 21–27 and SAT scores of 1010 to 1230

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Pass Rates of Graduates on Licensure and Certification Exams

Professional Licensure Exam GVSU Grad Pass Rate National Benchmark
Athletic Training 96% -
Cardiovascular Sonography 100% -
Clinical Dietetics 100% -
Diagnostic Medical Sonography 94% 75%
Education, undergraduate 100% -
Medical Dosimetry 100% 75%
Nursing (NCLEX for RN) 96% 85%
Occupational Therapy 100% 84%
Physical Therapy 98% -
Physician Assistant 96% -
Police Academy 96% -
Recreational Therapy (undergraduate) 100% -
Social Work (graduate, advanced generalist) 100% 58%
Speech-Language Pathology 100% -


Allendale Campus

Allendale (map)

Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Pew Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 65-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple buildings along the west bank of the Grand River that serves business, education, engineering, and other majors and is home to The Graduate School.

Grand Rapids Health Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 14.5-acre Health Campus anchors the east end of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. It is comprised of two buildings with a third building set to open in 2021.

GVSU Holland Campus

Meijer Campus in Holland (map)

The Meijer Campus was dedicated in August 1998 and offers evening, accelerated, and hybrid coursework to area students.

GVSU Detroit Center

Detroit Center (map)

The Detroit Center is home to university business in southeast Michigan and includes space for many activities, including those of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.

GVSU Muskegon Regional Center

Muskegon Regional Center (map)

The Stevenson Center within Muskegon Community College was constructed in 1995 offering the university new opportunities in the shoreline community.

GVSU Traverse City Regional Center

Traverse City Regional Center (map)

Grand Valley was established in 1995 as a charter member of the Northwestern Michigan College's University Center.

GVSU Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

The center supports career exploration and individualized educational planning assistance.

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250+ sustainability-related courses offered at Grand Valley

One of the greenest universities in the nation, according to the Sierra Club

Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project received the Innovative Project Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

24 LEED-certified projects completed at Grand Valley

Gold status for the ninth year in a row, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

2.8 million pounds of paper towels, disposable dinnerware, napkins, and food waste composted by Grand Valley in fiscal year 2020.

More than 60 percent of Grand Valley's waste stream is diverted, including compost, e-waste, light bulbs, batteries, paper, cardboard, and metal.

$2.2 million saved annually on Grand Valley's energy bill through a combination of energy conservation efforts and LEED construction projects.

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Economic Impact

$849 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2016-2017

$202.8 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

11,970 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

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Endowment and Funding

$350 million general fund budget

$262 million in tuition

$73 million in state appropriations

$174.9 million endowment (as of June 30, 2021)

$45 million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges, fiscal year 2021))

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Established: Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region.

Mission: Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

Learn more on our strategic positioning page.

President: Philomena V. Mantella

Board of Trustees:

  • Mikyia S. Aaron
  • Victor M. Cardenas
  • Randall S. Damstra
  • Elizabeth C. Emmitt
  • Susan M. Jandernoa (vice chair)
  • Noreen K. Myers
  • Megan S. Rydecki (chair)
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Philomena V. Mantella (ex officio)
  • Donna K. Brooks (honorary life member)
  • Dorothy A. Johnson (honorary life member)
  • John C. Kennedy (honorary life member)

Accreditation: Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

For More Information

Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.